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Obama unveils health care plan that combines Senate and House bills
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President Obama and the White House unveiled a new $950 billion health plan that seeks to combine existing House and Senate bills, and to serve as a starting point for this week’s high-profile summit with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. The combined plan calls for new federal oversight of health insurance company practices, including rate hikes; new tax credits to offset the cost of insurance premiums; excise taxes on high-cost, so-called "Cadillac" health care plans; and closing the "doughnut hole" coverage gap in the existing prescription drug plan for seniors. More


Winter 2010 Children's Hospitals Today magazine now available
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This issue focuses on pediatric research and includes an interview with the new acting director of NICHD, highlights of new pediatric genetic research and Capitol Hill testimony from pediatric doctors on the needs of children with chronic conditions. More

NACHRI 2010 Annual Leadership Conference call for proposals
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NACHRI is excited to announce the 42nd annual call for proposals for the 2010 Annual Leadership Conference (formerly Annual Meeting) in Minneapolis on October 17 – 20. The NACHRI Council on Education is seeking proposals around this year’s theme, "Breakaway: Transforming Leadership Models, Enterprising Technology Solutions and Evaluating Tough Options."  More

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Study: 13 million preterm births per year
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Preterm birth is the largest cause of child mortality and those who survive can experience serious short- and long-term health issues, U.S. researchers said. Experts from the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth of Seattle Children's Hospital wrote in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth that globally, 13 million babies are born preterm and 3.2 million are stillborn each year. More

Does obesity rehab for kids work?
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In the past 30 years, obesity rates among U.S. children have more than tripled. A flurry of antiobesity legislation has taken aim at environmental factors that have contributed to the epidemic, and Michelle Obama's sweeping new Let's Move campaign to end childhood obesity will most likely inspire further changes in the coming years. But while healthier school lunches and public-service announcements may help future generations stay fit, they won't make someone like Fedorchalk thin. Our national dialogue focuses on obesity prevention, but what do we do for kids who have already gained the weight? More

Transplants that do their job, then fade away
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Jonathan Nuñez was 8 months old when a liver transplant saved his life. Three years later, his body rejected the transplant, attacking it so fiercely that it wasted away and vanished, leaving barely a trace. That result, seemingly a disaster, was exactly what his doctors had hoped for. They had deliberately withdrawn Jonathan’s antirejection medicine because he no longer needed the transplant. His own liver had — as planned — regenerated. More

New DNA technique leads to a breakthrough in child cancer research
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Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Karolinska Institutet have used novel technology to reveal the different genetic patterns of neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. This discovery may lead to significant advances in the treatment of this malignant disease, which mainly affects small children. The article is being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study includes 165 children with neuroblastoma, most of whom developed the disease before the age of five. More

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Baby surgeons leave no scars
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According to doctors at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital, the skull bones of one out of every 2,000 babies fuse together causing a pointed head. To relieve the pressure on a growing brain, surgeons have to operate. Now doctors have a way of fixing the condition with less blood loss, smaller scars and faster recovery for the smallest patients. More

Pediatricians urge warning labels on foods risky to kids
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Every five days, a child in the United States chokes to death while eating. Even more children die after swallowing items like balloons and small toys. Things have to change, says the American Academy of Pediatrics, perhaps starting with labels on hot dogs, marshmallows, and round or cylindrical hard candies, which pose a high choking risk to children. In a recently released policy statement, the group is also asking the FDA to establish a nationwide food related choking-incidence surveillance and reporting system "to warn the public of existing and emerging hazards." More

$5.7 million will help kids with cancer
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Experimental cancer treatments for children who have run out of other options are becoming available at Levine Children's Hospital thanks to $5.7 million in gifts from eight charities and families in Charlotte. The gift will create a pediatric cancer research program to offer experimental drugs to children who have cancers that recur after initial treatment fails. Until now, these children and their parents have had to travel to other medical centers, often out of state, for help. More
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